I think the time may be ripe to consider exactly how the Great intelligent Designer of the Universe would accomplish his designs:
One of the strengths of I.D. is that its proponents are said to be fully aware of all the mechanisms that contribute to the process of Evolution.
Principally, this involves three things:
A) crafting a genetic code that will trigger the biological components to make life as we know it.
B) creating an ecological niche that will sustain the created life forms (human or non-human); and
C) allowing for populations to occasionally split off from each other, in the process of speciation, sustaining the processes of Common Descent (with Modification).
But where would God put most of his work? What is the most likely canvas of his design?
Scientists discuss the reality that if a population lives in a very stable environment, with few changes in predators, food sources and weather … the population’'s genetics are not likely to change very quickly. So to drive a life form towards a desired end requires not just proper genetics, but also a proper sequence of environmental factors and changes to these factors, that encourage or discourage various genetically supported traits.
So, would I.D. folks agree that the Dino-Killing asteroid was part of God’s intelligent design to produce mammals and especially humans? It is very unlikely that humans could have evolved in the presence of hundreds of carnivorous species swarming all over the planet.
Ok, so let’s say we find some I.D. folks who agree that an asteroid could have been part of the design context.
Now what about those DNA molecules? Does God “poof” them into mutated form? Does he wave his invisible hand in front of his invisible face, and just “make” the DNA necessary? Or does he use a proxy (like the asteroid could be a proxy of divine will) and sends radiation or some other form of energy into the DNA to change a key pair or a key strand?
@Christy once wrote about how odd it would be for God to influence mammalian evolution by firing photons or particles into the groin of His intended subject! And she wasn’t even speaking about I.D.
But it suddenly occurs to me that I.D. has been given a bit of a free ride… how exactly does God effect his design? How does he produce the stages of evolution he seeks?
He can manipulate the environment (more asteroids! less ozone!, etc.) or he can manipulate DNA. Is it a “poof” ?! Or is it something more scientific?
I.D. folks are constantly talking about how scientific they can be … but I’ve never once heard one of them say God uses natural processes to effect his designs.
How can I.D. be scientifically ascertained, if their main point is that God is “poof-ing” all these changes into place?